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The CAFO2021 Theme in a Single Word?

In the book, The Great Divorce, CS Lewis’ imaginative portrait of hell contains no horns or pitchforks.  Rather, what gives the netherworld such horror is the utter separation.  Its residents are eternally divided from their Creator and one another.  Unable to bear with others, they move continually further apart.   This fanciful image reveals a fundamental […]


One last unexpected for 2020… And a look ahead to 2021

 Unexpecteds defined 2020, from masks to toilet paper runs, canceled church to at-home school. Many of these unexpecteds carried loss, some of it beyond words. And yet, as always is the case, hidden alongside (and sometimes within) those losses came so many unexpected gifts as well.  I’d like to add one last unexpected for 2020, […]


Why #9 Matters So Much to This College Football Player

In a year of unexpected things, this has to be one of my very favorite: a 2-minute football story that somehow makes you both laugh and cry at the same moment. Kari Stewart helps lead the vibrant foster and adoption ministry at Timberline Church in Colorado.  I had the privilege of spending time with Kari […]


Many Lights Shown Brightly

In a year that often felt heavy with darkness, glimpses of light shone all the more brightly. That was certainly the case with Orphan Sunday and Stand Sunday 2020, all across America and around the world. The theme this year could not have been more apt:  Be the Light.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, […]


Normal, Regular, Everyday People

Foster care activity isn’t bad.  In fact, foster care activity is what has protected children, reunified families, and created new families for decades.  Foster care activity includes all the functions of professional agencies and other organizations that seek the well-being of children and families. So, foster care activity isn’t bad — it just isn’t enough.  […]


Guidelines and Resources for Healthy Sponsorship Programs

You’ve seen the images hanging on the wall in your church sanctuary, smiling out from social media squares, or attached with a brightly-colored magnet to your friend’s refrigerator:  the precious faces of children from around the world receiving support through a child sponsorship program. Perhaps your own heart was pricked by their sweet faces, and […]